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17/07/2011 - WeatherweatherCode5
2:2 a.e.t. (1:1, 0:0) 3:1 PSO

Summary

Japan edge USA for maiden title
Japan are FIFA Women’s World Cup™ champions for the first time after a penalty shootout victory over USA, following a drama-charged 2-2 draw in Frankfurt. More »

Line-up

21
1
2
3
3
6
4
7
6
9
7
10
8
11
9
12
10
15
11
19
15
20

Substitute(s)

1
18
12
21
5
2
13
4
14
5
16
8
17
13
18
14
19
16
20
17

Coaches

Norio SASAKI (JPN)
(SWE) Pia SUNDHAGE

Officials

Referee: Bibiana STEINHAUS (GER)Assistant Referee 1: Marina WOZNIAK (GER)Assistant Referee 2: Katrin RAFALSKI (GER)Fourth official: Jenny PALMQVIST (SWE)Fifth official: Maria Luisa VILLA GUTIERREZ (ESP)

Have Your Say

Statistics

14Shots27
4Corner kicks8
1Yellow cards0
0Second yellow card and red card0
1Red Cards0
53%Possession (%)47%
  • Lauren Cheney of USA, Saki Kumagai of Japan, Abby Wambach of USA and Azusa Iwashimizu of Japan go up for a header
  • Heather O'Reilly of USA (R) challenges Aya Miyama of Japan
  • Goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori of Japan saves a shot on goal in front of Mizuho Sakaguchi and Abby Wambach of USA
  • Megan Rapinoe of USA hits the post from a narrow angle
  • Kozue Ando (R) of Japan fights for the ball with Rachel Buehler of USA
  • Abby Wambach (C) of United States battles for the ball with Yukari Kinga (L) and Mizuho Sakaguchi (R) of Japan
The Americans had some great attacking play but our defensive line was very well organised. The players were patient, they wanted to win this game and I think it’s because of that the Americans scored only two goals. Yes we had luck in the penalty shootout and I definitely got some help from my football god!
Norio Sasaki, Japan coach